As the Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year for 2018, this shade of purple is making a splash in home decor
Equal parts timeless and trendy, this color combo creates an eye-catching statement in any space
Photographed on location at Providence Design. All items available through Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com.
1/ “Libby” ceramic vase. Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, (501) 375-0600, antiquebrickinc.com
2/ Thibaut “Tarragon” wallcovering in Blue. Embellish Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965
3/ Wildwood “Mamie” blue-and-white porcelain lamp. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002, cantrellfurniture.com
4/ “Truman” navy-and-white lattice mug and plate. The Everyday Chef, Jonesboro, (870) 933-2665, Little Rock, (501) 225-0544, theeverydaychef.net
5/ Loloi “Lotus” blue and ivory rug. Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, martinous.com
6/ 31-inch square John-Richard “Coastal Textile No. 1-B” artwork. Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333, obsessionsinteriors.com
Create a cozy ambience with these fabulous fixtures
The “Signata” collection by Kichler defines simplicity and sophistication, with clear glass paneling and a geometric structure. CED-MOR Electric Supply, cedhotsprings.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
1/ This two-light wall sconce from the art glass “Spyro” collection by Kichler offers versatility—being equally at home in spaces with contemporary or transitional décor. CED-MOR Electric Supply, cedhotsprings.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
2/ Dress up your space with the “Ascher” sconce by Hinkley. Faceted solid crystal embellishments and a Brushed Caramel finish combine for an impact that is both striking and streamlined. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; J & B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com
3/ The “Smyth” one-light sconce by Golden Lighting offers contemporary style with a brushed, white gold finish and an opal glass cylinder.GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; Kaufman by Design, kaufmanbydesign.com;Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com
4/ The handsome two-tone finish and bold proportioning of the “Euclid” sconce by Hinkley provides a current—yet familiar—look that is sure to enhance your décor.GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; J & B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com
5/ Troy’s “Calliope” sconce, a two-light sconce made of hand-worked iron in a rustic, gold leaf finish, adds pattern and dimension to any room. Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Pollard’s, (870) 933-9711; Gold Medal Flooring and Design Center, goldmedalflooring.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Light House, (870) 535-8284
6/ The “Malvern” wall sconce by Currey & Company has a gracefully curving stem-and-leaf motif that evokes the shapes and movement of the natural world; the wrought iron is finished in pyrite bronze, and the leaves are backed with black glass. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
1/ The “Milford” table lamp’s stately silhouette is accentuated by its antique brass finish and center crystal ball. Howse, Little Rock, (501) 725-4719, thehowse.com
2/ With a dark bronze metal base and gold accents, the “Dounia” table lamp from Uttermost is perfect for your home’s more laid-back spaces. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Paul Michael Company, paulmichaelcompany.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com
3/ Currey & Company’s “Tria” is a brass table lamp in a dual finish of Antique Brass and Silver. With a slender silhouette and a delicate leaf detail, it adds a touch of finery to your side table.Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
4/ Emporium Home’s “Tuxedo” lamp is ringed with black, white, and gray marbles atop a brass stand, and the shade is white silk—a perfect combination of structure and glamour. Emporium Home Heights, emporiumhome.com
5/ The “Segura” table lamp, by Currey & Company, features a curvaceous ceramic base in an Antique Gold finish that’s sure to add a glimmer to your space.Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
6/ The “Klemm” floor lamp by Oly, shown here in an Antiqued Bronze finish, offers a unique, cast-resin shape that suggests movement and energy. Bear-Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com
Accessorize your home with hues reminiscent of a snowy, winter landscape
Photographed on location at Debi Davis Interior Design. All items available through Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032
1/ Cast-iron deer wall mount from the Marshall Clements line. Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, marshallclements.com
2/ Turtle shell lamp with acrylic base. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com
3/ Set of three rectangle intaglios, set on cream parchment mat with a cream double mat in a pewter and charcoal gallery frame. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400
4/ Acanthus relief plaque. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828
5/ Multi-stemmed contemporary bud vase. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com
6/ Large crystal and blown-glass sculpture. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com
JILL’S TOP PAINT POINTERS
Vary your paint texture accordingly. I like to use a latex eggshell finish for the wall color, semi-gloss oil for the trim and cabinetry, and a latex flat finish for the ceiling.
Add drama in small doses. Be daring with paint colors in small rooms, such as powder baths, foyers, or studies. These are rooms you’re in for limited amounts of time, so you can “turn up the volume” with color and pattern and not tire of it too quickly.
Use muted tones for longevity. True reds, yellows, blues, and greens should be avoided for walls and used only in accents, such as art, furniture, pillows, and upholstery. Wall colors that stand the test of time are muted—not too pure.
Know your goal. In spaces that are more modern, I usually paint the walls, ceiling, and trim the same color to create a clean feeling. In more classic rooms, I will paint the trim a lighter tone than the walls. I rarely paint the trim darker than the walls. This is not a design no-no—some people love it—but it’s just a look that I typically do not prefer.
Jill Lawrence, J. Lawrence Design, Little Rock, (501) 804-2391, jlawrencedesign.com
JILL’S TOP PAINT POINTERS
Keep it neutral. My favorite wall color is white. I think a neutral palette allows furnishings and accessories to be highlighted. It also creates a clean, easy, minimal, and ethereal aesthetic.
Choose your wall color LAST! Never start designing a room from a paint chip. Your starting point should be something you love—art, a rug, a pillow, or tile. Select your paint color to complement your décor.
Buy samples. A sample can of paint costs less than $10. Try out the color you’re considering by painting a large square on the wall of the room and look at it at different times of day—morning, noon, and night—with different light sources.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Unlike so many other elements of your home’s interior, paint is an inexpensive way to make a change, especially when compared with something like a custom-upholstered sofa. Feel free to get creative!
Jill White, Jill White Designs, Little Rock, (501) 282-9856
STACY’S TOP PAINT POINTERS
Keep your color palette consistent throughout your home. I don’t mind several paint choices, but it’s important that they flow.
Consider your space FIRST. The size of a room, the amount of natural light, and ceiling height are all very important factors in determining how a color will impact the design of a space.
Compare paint samples with existing fabrics. Take a look at the paint alongside your upholstered pieces and drapes—a paint color can change the look drastically. Looking at everything in the space together can save you a lot of wasted time, money, and hand-wringing.
FURNITURE: TO PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT?
Yes! Paint! Growing up in Arkansas, especially in a furniture store, it seemed like a sin to paint a piece of honey-hued oak. But it’s a great way to get a new look out of an outdated piece.
Nothing says “Hello, spring!” quite like the first daffodils bursting forth from a newly greening lawn. Perhaps it’s in part due to their cheerful yellow hue. The brilliant, instantly recognizable–and often imitated–color seems to remind many of us of sun-filled days as well as the promise of the forthcoming season.
Designer Tami Risinger’s Conway home mixes sensibility with peacefulness for tailored and timeless appeal
Walk into Tami Risinger’s home and you’ll be met with a hug rather than a handshake. That’s the way this hospitable designer greets friends and acquaintances alike, and her home is equally warm and welcoming. With calming hues, classic pieces made current, and everything suited to Risinger’s signature style, each room sets the scene for peace, relaxation, and togetherness.
After living just a few streets over from their new home for years, Tami and her husband Jack, along with their two teenage sons, agreed they were in need of more space and ready to build a home that could be designed specifically to suit them as a family. “I started the plans for this home about five years ago, and I was heavily inspired by the Rosemary Beach area in Florida. That was really my beginning for the whole project,” she says of the interior color palette of blue, white, and gray hues. “Blue makes me happy. My previous home was blue and white as well. My taste has always been clean lines, classic and timeless, soft color with neutrals. That’s something that’s remained with me forever,” she adds.
Now that it’s complete, the new space is equal parts chic and calm. However, Risinger admits it was a process. “Doing your own home is always the hardest because you can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m exposed to so much, so I have to turn around and tell myself to be the client; when I do that it all works,” she laughs.
From the start, Risinger carefully considered how her family actually lives and created areas that would work for them, whether gathering together or enjoying alone time. For instance, in place of a dining room, the home has a light and airy breakfast nook with seating that can accommodate extended family and guests. “I don’t have a formal dining room—that doesn’t suit our lifestyle,” she says of this decision. When it’s just the Risingers at home for dinner, the family prefers to eat at the spacious bar in the kitchen, where they can chat about their day or watch television together.
In a similar fashion, the master bedroom and bath are a peaceful retreat, designed to be set apart for relaxation, yet consistent with the home’s overall feel. The bedroom’s furnishings are indicative of Risinger’s classic approach: “I don’t like things that match exactly, and I don’t use sets,” she says. Instead, timeless pieces—some of which she has had for a decade—give the room an appeal that will last for years to come. Her beloved palette of blue and white is not only in the bedroom, but also carries into the adjacent master bath. On the opposite side of the bedroom, a door opens out to a private patio and offers a view of the home’s pool, providing the couple a serene place to ease into the day by enjoying their morning coffee outside, when the weather allows.
GLAM FOR GUESTS
One space—the guest room—veers from the main floor’s palette of blue and white to inject a bit of girlish glamour into the home. “I did this one for the girls. I have lots of nieces that I’m close to, and I promised one that I would do her a room in pink,” Risinger says of the contemporary bedroom. A pair of Lucite bedside tables, which she designed and had made, add a youthful, modern flair to the space and also coordinate with a Lucite drapery rod. Underfoot, a satin-like silk rug—layered over the room’s carpet—is a luxurious treat for guests to enjoy. A mix of botanical-print and pastel-hued bedding softens the timeless upholstered bed frame, which is sure to last for years to come. “What I always inspire my clients to do is to buy good quality pieces and they’ll have them for years,” Risinger says.
Contractor Salter Construction, Conway, (501) 327-2807, salterconst.com
Interior design Tami Risinger, Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575
Kitchen and bath design Krystal Weaver, Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575
Accessories, art, bedding, fabrics, fireplace, fixtures, furniture, lighting, mirrors, outdoor furnishings, and wallpaper Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575
Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com
Cabinets Netzel Cabinetry Sales, Gentry, (479) 736-3040
Carpet, flooring, and hardware Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, ridoutlumber.com
Countertops All Natural Stone, Little Rock (501) 280-9777, all-natural-stone.com
Millwork and painting Salter Construction, Conway, (501) 327-2807, salterconst.com
Pool Grindley Pools, Cabot, (501) 835-7946, grindleyconcretepools.com
Rugs Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, martinous.com; Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575
Tile—backsplash Emser Tile & Natural Stone, North Little Rock, (501) 771-9111, emser.com
Windows Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601, lumberonehomecenter.com
Window coverings Possibilities Unlimited, Conway, (501) 472-5189
Special thanks to The Villa Marre for the use of their space
Bring a bit of cheer to your host or hostess with gifts of style and substance
1. Holiday-themed, flour-sack towels. The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434, searcyboutique.com
2. “Be Merry” book, featuring inspirational and heart-warming quotes. Christopher Allen Décor, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2055, christopherallendecor.com
3. Limited edition “Andu” box, made of malachite and moss agates. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com
4. Silver oak-leaf-shaped salad servers with decorative wooden acorns. Winterberry Home, Rogers, (479) 715-6009, winterberryhome.com
5. Gold wishbone.Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com
6. Lollia “Wander” perfumed bubble bath. French Quarters Antiques, Fayetteville, (479) 443-3355, french-quarters.com
7. Christmas-themed tea towels. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828
8. Glass catch-all container. Emporium Home, Little Rock, (501) 376-4663, emporiumhome.com